Benguet traders donate 1,300 kilos of vegetables to Albay

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  • Generous businessmen from Benguet on Sunday donated vegetables to residents of Albay who were affected by the Mayon Volcano’s erruption
  • Mayon remains under alert level 4 and thousand of residents in communities around the volcano were evacuated after it started erupting mid-January

Businessmen in La Trinidad town, Benguet donated on Sunday some 1,300 kilos of vegetables to thousands of Albay residents displaced by Mayon Volcano’s restlessness.

The donation mostly includes a thousand kilos of sayote (chayote) and about 300 kilos of potatoes.

The Bagsakan Municipal Cluster Vegetable Dealers Association made it possible to send the veggies to Albay and they chose potato and sayote as these do not spoil easily, said the group’s leader Filomena Kinawag.

The group also solicited cash from those who cannot donate vegetables and used the money to buy more.

Daniel Canacio, another vegetable trader, urged Albay residents to keep their faith strong. “Sana palagi silang manalangin sa Diyos para huminto na iyong bulkan na iyon para bumalik sila sa tahanan nila,” he said.

(May they always pray to God for the volcano to quieten down so they coulld return home.)

According to an article by ABS CBN, at least 81,000 residents in communities around Mayon were evacuated after the volcano started erupting in January 2018.

Mayon remains under alert level 4, and the province of Albay has been placed under a state of calamity as ashfall continue to affect crops and resident’s welfare in the surrounding areas.